The Czech Republic is known as Republica Checa and Spaniard Carlos Checa is taking that as a good omen for this weekend’s Czech MotoGP.

The Czech Republic is known as Republica Checa and Spaniard Carlos Checa is taking that as a good omen for this weekend’s Czech MotoGP.

The Spaniard is a British resident and often jokes that Donnington, Barcelona and Valencia are all home races for him. He also counts the Brno track in the Czech Republic. He also likes the layout of the track.

“We took a risk in Germany and it didn't pay off,” he said of the last race at the end of July. “We made too many changes during the weekend and the reality is that when we came to the race we just weren't ready and that's why I couldn't do any better.

“For Brno we just have to make sure that we stay totally focused and keep it very simple. It might mean that in the end we have some limitations with the bike, but so be it. The best thing is to work with what we have and build up steadily to Sunday rather than trying too many different things to try and make the bike perfect,” he said.

Checa finished fourth at the Catalunya Grand Prix in June, but had a disappointing eighth-place at the German Grand Prix last month. He’s feeling relaxed and has high hopes for Brno.

“I've had a good break in the mountains where I've been cycling, trekking and climbing so I'm feeling refreshed and confident. I hope we'll be able to surprise a few people at Brno. I'm under no illusion that it will be easy, however; the Hondas and Ducatis were fast when we tested at Brno last month.

“I'm still suffering from the same problem of not being able to flick the bike in as I want or open the throttle. But if we can find front traction and find a bit of the feeling I have had before at Brno with the M1 then we can get a good result.”